The Going West Writers Festival and Auckland Libraries bring you highlights from the 2018 Going West Writers Festival.

In this track we hear Dame Fiona Kidman in conversation with Karyn Hay on the session theme: The Life and Death of an Outsider which relates to Kidman’s award winning novel This Mortal Boy.

Prolific writer and national treasure Dame Fiona Kidman has often written about outsiders trying to navigate conformist society. This Mortal Boy mines this same rich vein. It delves into the short life of Albert Black, known as the ‘Jukebox Killer’. Black’s 1955 murder conviction and execution sat at the centre of a widespread moral panic. Fiona discusses the story’s moment in New Zealand social history with broadcaster and novelist Karyn Hay.

To hear more published tracks from previous years search Going West on this Auckland Libraries podcast channel.

Interested in the history of the festival? Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections houses the full sound and festival archive since its steam train journey beginnings in 1996. Search Kura Heritage Collections or visit Heritage Collections at the Central City Library or Research West in Henderson for access to the collection.

Going West Writers Festival 2019 opens on the 6th of September till Sunday the 13th – more information available at the Going West website

Photo credit: Dame Fiona Kidman, 2018, photographer Liz March, Going West Festival Collection, Auckland Libraries

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